Causing premature BIRTH: TERRIFYING moment rocket EXPLODES in Israel near CHILDREN

Frederick Owens
August 9, 2018

An explosion rocks Gaza following an Israeli air strike on August 8, 2018.

A Palestinian was killed in northern Gaza, while at least six were wounded in raids aimed targeting sites across the strip, the Gazan health ministry said.

The Israeli army did not immediately comment on the incident, but said it had struck around 100 "military targets" belonging to Hamas in the strip. Israeli fighters also struck a tunnel on the Mediterranean coast and targeted weapons and rocket manufacturing sites, as well as a military complex serving as a central logistic warehouse, the IDF noted. The ensuing explosion and flames left multiple wounded, including a man with shrapnel wounds and almost a dozen others in shock.

A statement from the military wing of Hamas, the group that runs Gaza, claimed responsibility for the rockets.

Smoke plumes rising following an Israeli air strike on Gaza City tonight.

Rockets fired from Gaza into Israel as seen from Sderot.

Sirens sounded in Israeli areas near Gaza, warning residents to seek immediate shelter, the Israeli army said.

However, earlier in the evening, at least two Israelis were injured as a result of rockets that landed in Sderot.

After Israel responded with tank fire, dozens of rockets were sent toward Israeli territory on Wednesday night.

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In a statement, the Hamas terror group said: "We are delivering on our promise".

He called on all sides to step "back from the brink".

Israel's military on Thursday warned Hamas against a further escalation in violence, and Israeli media said officials were considering evacuating residents from areas near the Gaza border.

Boys walk past a fence in the Israeli town of Sderot damaged by an earlier round of rocket fire from Gaza on July 14, 2018.

United Nations and Egyptian-led efforts are under way to mediate a long-term truce between Israel and Hamas that would end a four-month surge of violence along the Israel-Gaza border.

The escalation comes after the Hamas leadership convened for a rare meeting in Gaza on Friday.

More than 160 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces - most during weekly protests at which thousands of Palestinians have expressed their support for the declared right of Palestinian refugees to return to their ancestral homes in what is now Israel.

The majority were killed during violent protests, but others have died in airstrikes or tank fire. One Israeli soldier was killed by a Gaza sniper during this period.

Reports in recent weeks have indicated that a long-term ceasefire between Israel and Hamas may be in the works that would include easing the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip.

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